Orange County report 98-08-03

Smith Wins at Orange County as Swindell Breaks By Richard Day MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 3) - Since two dark days in May when three blown engines caused him to lose the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws...

Smith Wins at Orange County as Swindell Breaks By Richard Day MIDDLETOWN, NY (August 3) - Since two dark days in May when three blown engines caused him to lose the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings, Stevie Smith's luck couldn't be much better. Smith was 15 car-lengths behind Sammy Swindell in the "A" Feature Monday at Orange County Speedway when the yellow flag fell. Swindell's #1 Channellock Stealth suffered a broken drive shaft during the caution. Stevie took full advantage of the break and led the final 19 laps to claim the $10,000 first prize for the second straight year. Smith's 12th victory of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 20th Anniversary Season pushed him past Swindell into third place in the point standings. "We definitely got a gift tonight," Stevie admitted. "There was still a long way to go, but I'm not sure if we had anything for Sammy. "I'm just glad to be here (in victory lane) with the Ingersoll-Rand car. I have to thank my dad (Steve Smith) and Devin (Deluzio) for working so hard and giving me a fast car all year long." Smith, the fifth-fastest qualifier, earned the right to start the main event on the pole by winning his fifth Channellock Dash of the year. Swindell, a two-time winner at Orange County, also started on the front row and passed Stevie with a high move in the fourth corner as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Swindell opened a comfortable advantage quickly, only to have Bob Bennett spin in turn two early in the fourth lap. A mechanical problem in the #35 Air Sep Eagle forced First Racing Champions Heat Race winner Tyler Walker into the pit area during the caution. Bennett spun in the first corner as the race resumed, and Sammy coasted into the pits with a broken drive shaft seconds later. Smith restarted in first place and raced away from the field as Steve Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Johnny Herrera for fourth. A broken oil line in the #104+ Octane Boost J&J forced Jeff Swindell to stop in the fourth corner late in the 10th lap. Jac Haudenschild challenged Smith for the lead as the green flag replaced the yellow. Dale Blaney steered the #93 Amoco J&J to the lowest point between turns one and two to pass Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser for sixth place early in the 12th lap. Joe Gaerte and Third Racing Champions Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg passed Mark midway through the race as the left side board on the #5M Wirtgen Maxim's top wing started collapsing. Smith was 10 car-lengths ahead of Haudenschild when he caught the backmarkers again during the 17th lap. Dense lapped traffic allowed Haudenschild to narrow the gap to five car-lengths within three laps, however. Mark Kinser regained eighth place with a high move around Hillenburg in the first corner with 1 3/4 laps remaining. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit out of traffic during the final lap and took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. "I ran in there on the top a few times," Stevie said. "There's a fine line out there. A couple of times, I got really sideways and I figured everybody else was catching up. We left the car a little loose, but the track didn't take as much rubber as we thought it would." When asked about The Historic Big One and the Amoco Knoxville Nationals looming on the horizon, Smith said, "Haud (Haudenschild) has been really tough at Eldora and Knoxville this year. Hopefully, we'll have something for him." Haudenschild finished second Monday, ahead of Danny Lasoski, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser, Herrera, Blaney, Gaerte, Mark Kinser, Hillenburg and 14th- starting Tim Shaffer. Walker and Jeff Swindell raced back through the field to finish 11th and 12th, respectively. Mark Kinser received his 13th Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session with a 17.208-second, 130.753-m.p.h., lap around the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Orange County Speedway, Middletown, NY Monday, August 3, Feature Program #46 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.208; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.662; 3. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.740; 4. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 17.831; 5. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.910; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.931; 7. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.968; 8. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 18.020; 9. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 18.030; 10. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 18.213; 11. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 18.258; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.261; 13. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.270; 14. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 18.287; 15. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 18.416; 16. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 18.472; 17. George Suprick, Suprick 87, 18.654; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.720; 19. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 18.863; 20. Brett Romano, Romano 80R, 19.061; 21. Denny Soltis, Soltis 1x, 19.633; 22. Doug Emory, Emory 32, 20.266; 23. Mike Stelter, Stelter 36, 20.566; 24. Jeff Taylor, Taylor 17T, 20.959; 25. Wayne Iffland, Iffland 5W, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Bob Bennett, 8. Doug Emory, 9. Wayne Iffland. (first nine qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. George Suprick, 7. Mike Stelter, 8. Brett Romano. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Denny Soltis, 8. Jeff Taylor. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Steve Kinser, 8. Dale Blaney. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Stevie Smith ($10,000); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($5,000); 3. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Johnny Herrera ($2,300); 6. Dale Blaney ($2,200); 7. Joe Gaerte ($2,100); 8. Mark Kinser ($2,000); 9. Andy Hillenburg ($1,700); 10. Tim Shaffer ($1,600); 11. Tyler Walker ($1,200); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,150); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,100); 14. Lance Blevins ($1,050); 15. Paul McMahan ($1,000); 16. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($700); 17. George Suprick ($600); 18. Wayne Iffland ($500); 19. Doug Emory ($500); 20. Sammy Swindell ($500); 21. Mike Stelter ($500); 22. Denny Soltis ($500); 23. Bob Bennett ($500); 24. Jeff Taylor ($500). DNS - Brett Romano Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-6, Stevie Smith 7-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell